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Sunset Boulevard [2 Discs] [DVD] [1950]

  • SKU: 32742021
  • Release Date: 04/25/2017
  • Rating: NR
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    Sunset Boulevard
    Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard ranks among the most scathing satires of Hollywood and the cruel fickleness of movie fandom. The story begins at the end as the body of Joe Gillis (William Holden) is fished out of a Hollywood swimming pool. From The Great Beyond, Joe details the circumstances of his untimely demise (originally, the film contained a lengthy prologue wherein the late Mr. Gillis told his tale to his fellow corpses in the city morgue, but this elicited such laughter during the preview that Wilder changed it). Hotly pursued by repo men, impoverished, indebted "boy wonder" screenwriter Gillis ducks into the garage of an apparently abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. Wandering into the spooky place, Joe encounters its owner, imperious silent star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). Upon learning Joe's profession, Norma inveigles him into helping her with a comeback script that she's been working on for years. Joe realizes that the script is hopeless, but the money is good and he has nowhere else to go. Soon the cynical and opportunistic Joe becomes Norma's kept man. While they continue collaborating, Norma's loyal and protective chauffeur Max Von Mayerling (played by legendary filmmaker Erich von Stroheim) contemptuously watches from a distance. More melodramatic than funny, the screenplay by Wilder and Charles Brackett began life as a comedy about a has-been silent movie actress and the ambitious screenwriter who leeches off her. (Wilder originally offered the film to Mae West, Mary Pickford and Pola Negri. Montgomery Clift was the first choice for the part of opportunistic screenwriter Joe Gillis, but he refused, citing as "disgusting" the notion of a 25-year-old man being kept by a 50-year-old woman.) Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical version has served as a tour-de-force for contemporary actresses ranging from Glenn Close to Betty Buckley to Diahann Carroll. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • William Holden
      William Holden - Joe Gillis
    • Gloria Swanson
      Gloria Swanson - Norma Desmond
    • Erich Von Stroheim
      Erich Von Stroheim - Max Von Mayerling
    • Nancy Olson
      Nancy Olson - Betty Schaefer
    • Fred Clark
      Fred Clark - Sheldrake



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Could have been a 4 star movie

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      AVTub
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      I have to start with why I gave it only a 3 star. It's not my normal movie to watch or buy for myself. But the girlfriend wanted it for movie night. It was a good movie. If you like car chases, shoot em up, you might not like this movie because it's not like that. If you want to think a bit, and watch great acting / story movie you'll love this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Film Noir looks at hollywood

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      redhound
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      Billy Wilder upset a number of hollywood execs with this "expose". After changing the original opening the film got to being serious. From the early morning police convoy, to the reason William Holden's character is in the pool, he wanted to have one, this film uses the places and the people and the ways of hollywood in the 50's. For film buffs this one of the must haves.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sunset Bld is a must see for any movie fan

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      wallygator
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      Sunset blvd is a classic movie everyone should see. Now it is on blu ray I had to buy it for my collection. I really recommend it to others. This is a great print of the movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good ol movie

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      KFC1
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      I normaly like action packed car chase movies. But this one I had seen and heard of long ago. Nice to be able to just sit and watch it without it being edited.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      Sweetie
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      Great move. Has suspense, drama, with great actors to include some famous silent movie actors.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Classic Movie

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      pinkfloyd1967
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      Really cool classic movie. grab the popcorn and enjoy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great classic

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      Sweetie
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      Great classic with great actors. Had mystery, suspense, murder.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Scathing Indictment of Hollywood

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      actionman420
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      This is one of the best "LA Movies" ever made, a poison tongued love letter to Hwood.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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